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The Madhesi parties are said to have refused support to the bill. While they are not opposed to it, they are looking to use it as ‘bargaining chip’.
KP Oli does enjoy a better relationship with China. But New Delhi cannot blame the Nepal PM alone for not resolving the boundary dispute when the time was right.
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India Wednesday sharply reacted to Nepal’s new official map that includes disputed territories, saying “such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted”.
PM Oli has been facing severe criticism in Nepal over the way his government has handled the Covid-19 crisis and his leadership has been challenged within his Nepal Communist Party.
Migrant workers from Nepal are facing lack of food and shelter after India announced a 21-day lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus.
In November, Nepal had raised objections saying the Kalapani area lies within Nepal's boundary after India reportedly showed the region as part of its territory.
While 97% of the border between India and Nepal has been demarcated, the portions on Kalapani and Susta remain unmarked.
Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as integral part of their territory — India as part of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district and Nepal as part of Darchula district.
Protocol did not demand Modi meet either leader. Yet, he met both, spent an hour with each, and almost treated them like serving heads of govt or state.
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